Join Dr. Bob and the DAV K9 Assistance Dog Association in providing Service Dogs For Veterans
Train Renders on Dr. Bob
by Train Wreck

Like many of our American heroes, Dr. Bob didn't want to be mentioned. He seeks the betterment of all veterans in need rather than personal recognition. I promised not to mention him.
I'm afraid that this is a promised that I am compelled to break. In order to gather support for Service Dogs for Veterans, Dr. Bob will have to be mentioned. He served all Americans in the Air Force and now he serves us by working relentlessly to improve the lives of our veterans suffering from PTSD and other problems that service animals can help with. Let's all help Dr. Bob reach out to OUR veterans by getting involved in sponsoring service dogs and emailing, writing letters to and calling our congressional representatives. Read more about it at Service Dogs for Veterans act
Dr. Bob can be reached at :
All pet Center
4147 Highway 7 North
Hot Springs Village, Ar 71909

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Service Dogs and an Old Marine
by Train Wreck

My friend Ron is like many veterans.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and went to Viet Nam to serve on a tank crew. Eventually became a tank commander and retired in 1994 as a Chief Warrant Officer. He is a hero to me
He suffers with PTSD. For years he has kept a dog for companionship and friendship. Sometimes the dogs his lifeline to the physical world that he lives in. Ron only takes rescue dogs. So he becomes their lifeline to the world. Ron has believed for some time that pets and especially dogs can improve the lives of vets. Now psychological studies are backing him up. His belief in healing powers of furry friends, he volunteered for 3 years to go to Veterans Hospitals with friendly beagle, Francis Pepper. Francis is gone now, but Ron hasn't lost his desire to aid his fellows in arms. He works with Dr. Bob to lobby for implementation of the enabling legislation guaranteeing service dogs to veterans requesting them. The bureaucratic snarl threatens to slow him down. Ron's Veterans Administration Healthcare Representative hadn't heard of the provision in H.R. 2792:
Disabled Veterans Service Dog and Health Care Improvement Act of 2001

He gave his representative the title of the law and she looked it up on her computer. Ron was informed that since no one was asking for the service that they had no way of making proper arrangements to carry it out. Other than that, his representative said "I don't see a problem". That was a fine "piece" of bureaucrat speak in my opinion. When Ron told me what had transpired, I asked him "if you asked for it then doesn't that mean it has now been rquested?" He answered "yes it does".
Let each one of us that knows a veteran that suffers from PTSD and needs a service dog make them aware of this law and assist them in any way we can to stimulate the Veterans Administration to move on this program now!

I want to invite, no implore and beg if necessary that all of you email, call or write your congress men and women to push for immediate implementaion of this program. The VA just got it's biggest budget ever. Now is the time!

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